The GroundTruth Project recognizes that our mission to serve under-covered communities by supporting the next generation of journalists can only be achieved by actively cultivating diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in our organization, in the field of journalism and in our wider world.
As a global organization, we celebrate human diversity and have the utmost respect and appreciation for the differences among us, whether that is represented through race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual identity, language, military service, socio-economic status, disability, age or place of origin. We believe that a variety of perspectives and backgrounds makes for a healthier, more creative culture that supports better work.
We oppose racism and discrimination and we expect the same of our newsrooms and community partners and our funders — building relationships that hold respect for human dignity above all else. We recognize the importance of supporting journalists who reflect their communities and who have been historically underrepresented in the industry, and we are committed to show that support and live up to our core values.
We subscribe to the adage that talk is cheap, so we’re backing our beliefs with action. The GroundTruth Project launched a Diversity Task Force in Spring 2020, and formed staff-wide, volunteer DEI working groups to draft recommendations around three themes: Talent, Culture and Partnerships. The implementation of the recommendations is underway and we plan to complete this part of our roadmap by November 2022, as part of an ongoing commitment to DEI as a strategic priority.